Joseph Blandisi

by Peter Harling on December 7, 2017

Joseph Blandisi C

Shoots: L

Height: 5-11

Weight: 183

Born: 1994-07-18

Hometown: Markham, ON, Canada

Drafted: 162nd Overall 2012 by Colorado Avalanche

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

December 2017 - Blandisi was involved in a trade that sent him to the Anaheim Ducks with Adam Henrique in exchange for Sami Vatanen. Peter Harling

July 2017 – The Devils made a commitment to developing Blandisi by signing him to a two-year, two-way contract. The speedy center will play a large scoring role for Albany in the AHL this season and should be expected to be one of the first players called up if New Jersey suffers any injuries. Grant Frey

April 2017 – Blandisi had a difficult NHL year to read, following his 41-game, 17-point 2015-16 with 27 games, three goals and six assists. Missing time due to an oblique injury didn't help, but the promising forward seemed poised for an NHL breakout or at least an increased role. Posted respectable numbers in limited time at AHL Albany (7 G, 17 A, 60 PIM, 30 games). A restricted free agent this off-season. Kevin Wickersham

January 2017 – After an impressive half-season with New Jersey during 2015-16, Blandisi has thus far spent the entire 2016-17 campaign with AHL Albany. This is somewhat surprising given the frequent forward call-ups the parent Devils have made due to injuries and other roster moves. Nonetheless, he is again putting up impressive numbers (six goals, 14 assists, 44 penalty minutes in 24 games), and has provided stability and leadership at the center position for an Albany squad that has undergone many roster changes. Recently named a 2017 AHL All Star, Blandisi has currently missed a few weeks of play due to an oblique injury. Kevin Wickersham

 

October 2016 – Blandisi starts the season for Albany after getting a good look with the Devils last year. He put up a respectable 17 points in 41 games, often moving up and down the lineup. Blandisi is someone who can supply some offense for his team and compete physically despite his lack of size. Look for him to be one of the first players called up to New Jersey if injury strikes. Trevor Behrends

 

January 2016 – Blandisi, one of the many rookie AHL players on the Albany Devils roster has been fantastic. Prior to his call up to the NHL, Blandisi was centering the first line and flourishing. In 24 games Blandisi has scored seven goals and 14 assists. His great play earned him a second chance to play in the NHL. In eight games Blandisi has scored two assists. While those numbers do not pop out at all, Blandisi has been doing everything but scoring. Recently he has been playing on the second line and does not look out of place. He has the speed and creativity offensively that the Devils desperately need. If he continues playing the way he has there is no doubt that the numbers will start to come. Justin Nobre

 

November 2015 – Blandisi had a solid rookie camp and training camp with the Devils. He was one of the last cuts in training camp due to his great play. This did not affect Blandisi at all as he has continued to produce for Albany. Blandisi earned the role as the top center on Albany playing with Mike Sislo and Matt Lorito on his wings. Not bad for a rookie in the AHL. In 15 games played Blandisi has six goals and 14 points. That is good for 3rd among AHL rookies for scoring and 3rd among Albany skaters as well. Blandisi will most likely be one of the first players to be called up from Albany. Justin Nobre

 

August 2015 – The Devils signed Blandisi this summer after the Avalanche declined to offer him a contract this summer. Blandisi finished the year in Barrie as the fourth leading scorer in the OHL, with 58 goals and 112 points in 68 games. Blandisi also was awarded the Leo Lalonde memorial trophy for the best overage player in the OHL. Blandisi will be battling for a spot on the Devils roster come training camp. Blandisi immediatlely becomes one of the Devils most talented offensive prospects. Justin Nobre

 

 

Fantasy Outlook: B-

Blandisi looks to be a top 6 player given his skill set. He has the vision, skating and shooting ability to be a top scorer in the NHL.

 

 

Footage:

Blandisi shows his elusiveness as he skates around defenseman Raman Hrabarenka and scores on a breakaway.

 

 

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